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SALVOS CALL ON VOLUNTEERS TO PACK FARMER HAMPERS

The Salvation Army is calling on volunteers to help pack food hampers for struggling farming families. The organisation has been inundated with donations through the ‘R U Aware, We Care’ drought campaign. The hampers will be given to farmers who’ve contacted the Salvation Army – they’ll also be handed out at drought forums, which are expected to be held from next month. “At the moment they’re all paying so much for animal feed, you know and that’s where a lot of their income is going, for the feed to keep their animals going. So you know it’s hard to buy food for yourself, when you’re trying to keep your income.” Anyone wishing to help, should head along to the Salvation Army on Goonoo Goonoo¬† Road, at 10am tomorrow. (VISION AND AUDIO IN PARTS)

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METRES BURST IN BIG FREEZE

Sub-zero temperatures across the region have kept council workers on their toes with water infrastructure unable to withstand the chilly conditions. Tamworth Regional Council has reported more than 100 burst water-metres over the past two-days. On-call staff working around the clock to repair the damage. Council is now urging home owners to cover their water metres to prevent them from freezing. “If a resident does wake up one morning and find they have a leaking water metre or pipe entering their property, please give council a call. For those that are tenants in the area, obviously please call the real estate agent and they can report it into council.” (vision and parts of audio only)

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JOYCE: NEW ENGLAND PERFECT LOCATION FOR NEW COAL FIRED POWER STATION

Meanwhile, Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce says he’ll put his own electorate forward as a location for a new coal-fired power station. He says a report into electricity-pricing, released today by the A-triple-C, echoes the National Party’s call to have more baseload power and competition. “I’m only too happy to put my electorate forward as anything that gets major investment and gets new jobs into our electorate and if we could do it here and if we’re part of a national program of bringing down power prices in an effective way, we should be part of that.” (VISION AND PARTS OF AUDIO ONLY)

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DAVIS GETS ALL CLEAR FROM NEUROLOGISTS

Tamworth BMX star Jack Davis will soon be back on the bike, after getting the all-clear from neurologists. The 16-year-old was forced to seek specialist treatment following a crash last month – resulting in his third concussion in nine-months. The injury saw Davis withdraw from round three of the National BMX Series – but he’s expected to compete in Queensland next weekend. (VISION ONLY)

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RUGBY CAMP WRAPS UP IN TAMWORTH

Up-and-coming rugby stars have spent the first part of their school holidays learning from some the best. This morning, the first ever Scripture Union rugby camp wrapped up in Tamworth – with players travelling from as far as Scone, the Central Coast and Newcastle to take part. The group was put through their paces by a number of representative and first grade players. Including Tongan native Ofa Fainga’anuku and Sydney players Ed Craig and Tim Williams. (VISION ONLY)

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HORSEBALL INTERSTATE CHAMPS ON IN TAMWORTH

It’s a sport that’s described as a mixture of rugby and netball on horseback and, over the next two days, novice horseball players will be throwing everything on the line. Practice for the inaugural under-16 interstate championships is underway at Moonbi Showground, with New South Wales and Queensland going head-to-head tomorrow. Organisers say the game will be a chance to fine-tune skills – the championships will be the first competitive event for many players. (FILE VISION ONLY)

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